Cloverleaf Eyelet Rib Bookmark

Monday, June 11, 2007

This bookmark is made with dk-weight yarn, making it nice and thin for those of us who dislike breaking book spines (I'm a librarian, remember?). Plus, it uses just a teensy amount of a skein so can either be made in bulk or used as a stashbuster. The stitch pattern is from Barbara Walker's First Treasury.

1 (partial) skein Patons Grace (1.75oz/50gm to 136yds/125m) 100% mercerized cotton (shown in Rose), CYCA size 3
US 4 (3.5mm) needles
darning needle

Cast on 13 stitches.
Row 1 (wrong side): K1; (P5; K1) twice
Row 2: P1; (K1; YO; Sl1 K2Tog PSSO; YO; K1; P1) twice
Row 3: K1; (P5; K1) twice
Row 4: P1; (K2; YO; SSK; K1; P1) twice
Row 5: K1; (P5; K1) twice
Row 6: P1; (K5; P1) twice
Work these six rows eleven times

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in ends.
Block; I used a light iron with spray sizing to ensure the bookmark would be flat and just slightly stiff.

Finished bookmark is approx. 2in wide by 7in long.


  • Kate

    I was looking for a bookmark pattern for my son's Grade One teacher, and I think this is the one.

  • KT

    So glad you like it - post a photo when it's done so I can see! :) KT

  • Kate

    It's on the blog :) I even starched it a little.

  • Kate

    Should have added that it was done in black because that was the Grace I had in stock, aside from a variegated one that didn't show the pattern as nicely. The black looks great against the page.
    Thanks again!

  • What a pretty design. I've have stashes of DK weight yarn from an earlier project... and since I make Christmas presents during the summer, this bookmark pattern is perfect, especially since I wanted to buy my friend a couple of novels from her favorite author. A bookmark (or two) would be cute to put with them! :)

  • Anita O

    Love the bookmark. Can you e-mail me, I have a question for you!


  • Alison

    My local paper's knitting blog is posting single-skein patterns every day leading up to the holidays (to help out us last-minute gifters). They were asking for reader submissions of favorite one-skein patterns, so of course I thought of KT! They were happy to feature her bookmark - I think it's such a cute pattern, and great for giving in conjunction with a book! Here's the blog post - I encourage any Oregonians coming here to poke areound KT's site, there's lots of good stuff!

  • I am new at making these, but this looks like a beautiful pattern! I just have one "beginner" question: when the pattern states, "twice", is this for the whole row, or just what is in parentheses?

  • KT

    Hi Kathleen,
    The part in the parentheses should be worked twice. This is a pretty common way to write stitch patterns - particularly in lace - so that you don't get confused with lots of Yos and K2togs floating around! :)
    Happy holidays, all!

  • Thank you SO much for your quick reply, KT! I usually see an asterisk rather than parentheses, but now I get it! I can't wait to make this. I just bought the yarn and needles.

    You are so generous to post this for all of us to use. I didn't want to make a bookmark with crochet cotton so using this fine yarn is perfect for me.

    I will certainly keep in touch!

    Happy New Year!

  • I understand that knitting SSK gives you the same results as the SL1, K2tog, PSSO. Would this pattern look the same? I find the SSK easier to navigate with these fine materials. Has anyone tried this?

  • KT

    Actually, SSK and S1 K2tog PSSO are NOT equivalent - SSK is a single decrease while SK2P is a double decrease. You could try doing a K3tog if you prefer, though it will have a different appearance than the one written.

    The SSK is equivalent to S1K1PSSO - a single decrease that I dislike so tend not to use.

  • An update from the beginner! After knitting a couple of these to practice these stitches, I see what you mean about the SSK. I knit exactly as the pattern stated and these worked out beautifully! I used the Patons Grace Azure --- it is a delft blue that is just lovely.

    One more question: when I bind off in pattern, do I follow the first row pattern? Would it make much difference to bind off in knit?

  • KT

    Hi Kathleen -
    I love questions - I'm a librarian, after all!

    Binding off in pattern (yes, as Row 1) will make it a little neater, but for this particular bookmark it won't make a huge difference. The bindoff will be extra-noticeable over the purled columns, is all.
    - KT

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